India vs England Test Series – Sam Curran doubtful: England’s all-rounder Sam Curran is all set to miss the Test series against India. Curran was scheduled to take the flight to India on Friday with Jonny Bairstow and Mark Wood but the 22-year-old Surrey cricketer didn’t board the flight. Reason, he is going through complete bio-bubble fatigue. Notably, Curran has been living in bio-secure bubbles for quite a time now. The young all-rounder was part of England’s home ‘bubbles’ last summer, then headed straight for the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) in September to play for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) before returning to international duty in South Africa pre-Christmas and in Sri Lanka at the turn of this year.
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Sam Curran was rested along with Bairstow and Wood from the first two Tests against India, and was scheduled to begin a six-day quarantine period on Friday, allowing the trio to be ready for selection for the third Test in Ahmedabad starting on February 24, but England and Wales Cricket Board decided to rest Curran to avert ‘bubble fatigue’.
However, if the England all-rounder feels fresh and fit, he may board for India next week. But for now, his participation even in the 4th Test stays in doubt. It is worth noting that Curran was ‘Man of the series’ for England’s 4-1 win against India in 2018.
‘Sam’s been given a few extra days to recharge his batteries after a lot of cricket and time in a behind-closed-doors environment,’ an England spokesman told Daily Mail.
He was rested along with Bairstow and Wood from the first two Tests and an extra period at home is viewed as beneficial for both him and the team.
Will this development hamper CSK’s preparation for IPL 2021?
CSK will now keep a keen eye on Sam Curran and his availability in the series against India. However, the MS Dhoni-led team will be in trouble if for any reason England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) or Curran himself decides to skip IPL 2021 to keep himself fresh for the India tour of England. Curran was the lone shining light in CSK’s otherwise torrid campaign in IPL 2020. CSK failed to qualify for playoffs for the first time in their IPL history and finished 7th in the 13th edition of the league.
Opener, lower-order finisher, pinch hitter, wicket-taker – Curran played many roles for CSK in IPL 2020 and did exceptionally well. In 14 games that he played this season, he took 13 wickets averaging 26.46 besides scoring 186 runs. The 22-year-old bowled equally well in the power play and death overs.
He was also one of the most important batsmen on the side, often playing the role of a floater. He averaged 23.25 with the bat at a strike rate of 131.91, playing at every position, from opener to a finisher.
Overall, Curran has played 23 matches in IPL so far and yet he has managed to score a total of 281 runs and take 23 wickets.
Hence, it goes without saying that Sam Curran’s availability in IPL 2021 will be of utmost importance for CSK, who have retained the all-rounder for Rs 5.5 crore ahead of IPL 2021 mini-auction, which is set to take place on February 18 in Chennai.